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How Does Your Job Contribute to Weight Gain?

Speak Up: How Does Your Job Contribute to Weight Gain?

Most of us spend at least eight hours on the job daily. For me, sitting in front of a computer for most of the day doesn't exactly burn major calories. When I began blogging, I put on a few extra pounds because I just wasn't moving much. I learned that I had to make time to exercise at some point during the day in order to keep my weight under control, and a little midday exercise makes me a better worker, too. Bringing a homemade lunch to the office instead of grabbing a quick bite out also helped.

Figuring out how your job could be contributing to weight gain is the first step to preventing the pounds from piling on. Tell me, what ways does your job contribute to your expanding waistline?

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northen123 northen123 7 years
Daytimes tend to be okay for me, but I've done a few nightshifts for overtime. On my own, 8-9 hours. I end up eating complete rubbish because my body clock's out of sync and it's so convenient. Thank goodness I don't have any more nights coming up!
chequettex chequettex 7 years
Whenever I have worked in foodservice the cardio is great --you really have to move fast in a coffee shop!-- but then there is all the great, not-always-healthy food & pastries so readily available that I couldn't actually keep weight off. And at desk jobs, I get no cardio while working but at least I'm not surrounded by food, so I just bring in my own food and avoid going out for lunch. I work at a desk job now where I have to be sedentary for 8 hours, so I walk before & after, & at lunch, and I also go running as much as possible. It's hard but if I didn't get exercise I'd be packing on the pounds - I know this from the experience of my first full-time desk job!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
i've lost weight since starting work because all of us co-workers have very different tastes in food, so nobody brings stuff in to share! i pack a healthy lunch (salad with oily fish or soup) and keep sunflower seeds, raw fruit & veg as snacks. this is not my ideal scenario because i'd rather lunch was my biggest meal - i hate coming home for dinner totally starving, but hey! i can't afford to eat out a 3 course lunch daily or miss out on dinner with the fam
Meowphotog Meowphotog 7 years
I never sit at my two jobs. One I don't have a desk at, the other I do, but I stand the whole time while I work there. When I edit photos I normally take my laptop to a special desk that is at a great height so I stand the whole time. I cannot sit for long periods of time I get way too fidgety. I have to get up every hour or so and move around. I also bring healthy food to work and avoid the sweets and the grease shop everyone elses loves to order from.
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
I am not the type who gains very easily or quickly but I worked as a receptionist for 11 months and gained almost 20 pounds without even realizing it. For meetings, there would be a tray of candies rather than some veggies and healthy dips or something. There was constantly a cake for some nothing event, I'd say twice a week. And people were always bringing me chocolate. That, on top of all the sweet lattes I was drinking on top of the fact that the job just drained me so much that I stopped mu usual hiking schedule just piled the weight on me.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I used to work in hospitality and be on my feet for hours. For the last couple of years I have been working in a desk job and I have seriously stacked on the kilos. It doesn't help that I work in a shopping centre with a chip shop, a bakery and a's way too easy to just go and grab something that I shouldn't be eating. I make sure I exercise regularly and bring healthy lunches into the office, but I need to be more organised and consistent with it.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
i have gained so much weight since i started my current job. first, because i work long hours just sitting in front of a computer and not moving. second, because it's been so stressful - and i tend to eat sweets when i'm stressed.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My job doesn't contribute to any weight gain; I never sit down! I work in a lab and I'm constantly running around/walking around doing stuff. Plus, we have an onsite fitness center that I go to during my lunch break. And we have a really great cafeteria with lots of healthy options and a great salad bar. The only thing that I would even consider a negative is that a lot of people bring in snacks to share in the break room. I usually just ignore them and don't eat them.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
i've really had to start watching this. i have always brought my lunch but it has been really stressful at work and friends want to leave for an hour so were talking me into leaving to go out. of course the choices were chinese buffet or red robin..nothing super healthy. at the same time i changed up my workouts so the end result was ten extra pounds. :( three weeks ago i starting putting my foot down when friends want to eat junk or go out. i say that's fine we can leave but you'll have to get what you want to go and we'll go shopping instead. it seems to be working as i've lost 5 pounds. its hard though!
tatsauce tatsauce 7 years
Yup I have an 8 hour desk job too and it doesn't help when my co-workers are constantly bringing greasy treats from Chinatown! They get all hurt if I say no, so I usually take their offerings, take one bite, then throw it in the compost bin!
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
My problem is sitting all day, going out to lunch and not having the motivation to exercise. I have to work hard at the motivation to exercise.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
I just relocated to another office, but it was SO bad at my other office. Those people always wanted an excuse for food! A few examples -- I started working with my company in November of 2009, and there was literally a buffet on the table near the kitchen EVERY SINGLE DAY until December 23rd, because Thanksgiving and Christmas fell in the months of November and December. They'd also bring food for every birthday/baby shower/engagement celebration, but it got so bad where somebody actually brought in a chocolate fountain, NO lie. And then they always complain about how they're fat and can't lose weight. I wanted to tell them well sorry, it's hard to lose weight when your daily diet consists of donuts, ice cream, muffins, cake, and chocolate from a fountain. Luckily for me, I grabbed tiny slivers of cake and then shoved a piece of gum in my mouth to prevent me from going back!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I also gained a couple pounds intially when I went from being a student to working full time at a desk. It was a combination of sitting all day, eating out, and then not being in the mood to exercise when I got home. I still eat out a lot, but we tend to go to nearby chain restaurants like Chipotle, Panera, Jimmy Johns etc., so I've learned to always check nutrition facts before going to lunch. Sometimes something as simple as leaving off the mayo or cheese can drastically reduce the number of calories in a meal. As far as working out goes, I really started getting into marathons and half marathons once I started working. It helps me to have a training plan to stick to because when I don't have a schedule, I end up postponing my workout until the next day.
rach716 rach716 7 years
Oh absolutely! I sit at my desk from 6:30am until 5pm Monday-Friday. I work on a trading floor so I actually can't leave the desk for more than just a few minutes. Also doesn't help that my desk orders breakfast & lunch almost every single day & the food is NEVER healthy but ALWAYS looks & smells delish. After a while I decided to just start bringing my own food no matter how tempting what they order is :)
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